On September 20-21st, 2012, Sustainable Cleveland 2019 hosted the 4th Annual Sustainability Summit at Cleveland Public Auditorium. Mayor Jackson hosts an Annual Sustainability Summit to report progress to the community, create an agenda for the future and co-create our sustainable future.
The focus for the 2012 summit was two-fold—the current year’s celebration year of Local Foods and preparation for 2013, the Year of Advanced and Renewable Energy. At the summit we highlighted and continued to develop local and regional accomplishments relating to local food. We had both keynotes and panelists address topics surrounding Local Food production and distribution and Advanced and Renewable Energy.
Thursday, September 20th
Thursday Morning: The focus was on reporting and celebrating progress in all aspects of sustainability, including a keynote presentation from Jeremy Rifkin. Three videos were premiered, including one on scaling up local food, advanced & renewable energy in Northeast Ohio, and an update from the Sustainable Cleveland Working Groups.
Thursday Afternoon:Summitattendees chose one of two tracks: Local Foods or Advanced & Renewable Energy. Both tracks focused on accelerating momentum and taking action to create a sustainable economy.
Friday, September 21st
Friday Morning: The tracks on Local Foods and Advanced and Renewable Energy continued, where participants designed prototypes and reported out to the larger group.
Friday Afternoon: Participants reconvened as a large group. There were two additional Keynote presentations from Kathleen Merrigan and Janine Benyus.